Nestled into a hillside in the northeast corner of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the new 20,000-square-foot Visitor Center aims to be a seamless extension of the 52-acre landscape that is home to the Palm House, an iconic event space with unrivaled views.
Curved glass-and-white walls, coexists with the surrounding flora (the structure yields to two cherry trees), and the 10,000-square-foot green roof—planted with 40,000 grasses and wildflowers, including purple prairie clover, snowdrop, and foxglove— are only one of the improvements happening at the Brooklyn landmark.
Come this August, a new 100-pax Atrium will help accommodate smaller parties at the 300-pax Beaux-Arts glass structure that is the Palm House.
“I had to turn down smaller events because we couldn’t accept parties of less than 100,” explains Charles Sally, CEO of the Palm House catering services. “It is already proving to be a great option as the bookings for the Atrium has surpassed out expectations already.” The entire $28-million undertaking is keeping true to garden’s green roots. Sustainable features include a geoexchange system that heats and cools the interior, fritted glass (visible to birds), and rain gardens that filter runoff.